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What's up with DuraAce?(14 posts)

What's up with DuraAce?Applejuice
Feb 20, 2003 12:09 AM
Is DuraAce due for a major revamp?

I'm wondering because it hasn't changed much in at least a couple years. Moreover, XTR just came out with a MAJOR overall. Performance Bike has lowered their DA components products almost across the board - which always make me suspicious.

Is something in the pipe?
re: What's up with DuraAce?y2kcipher
Feb 20, 2003 12:20 AM
I think they're just going to keep it 9 speed because if they went 10, they'd be copying C-Record, and if they went with Carbon levers, cranks and derailleurs; again, they'll be copying Record. So why don't you just go with C-Record?
re: What's up with DuraAce?FORT-driver
Feb 20, 2003 3:38 AM
in 2004,
rumours are about 10 speed and new xtr type crank set with the bearings outside of the bottom bracket in the crank arms.
re: What's up with DuraAce?cyclopathic
Feb 20, 2003 4:58 AM
I was honestly surprised how smooth new XTR cranks are comparing to old ones. If DA as good it's definitely worth waiting.
re: What's up with DuraAce?ParticleMan
Feb 20, 2003 9:08 PM
Hi All
OK THIS IS IT-

I just got the inside information from someone who just got back from a trip to Japan with Shimano riders and mechanics.

New Dura Ace group is ready - in production already, and to be distributed this year..not sure exact release dates.

New 10 speed gearing

New cranks - like XTR [as FORT-driver described]

Less weight overall, Titanium parts

New 'Crab Claw' style STI levers

Price: not sure about that, Shimano is working on it for now, as there is still lots of stock of Duras Ace 9 speed.

Shimano Dura Ace seatpost

New DURA ACE WHEELS - Lightweight, no more spokes on rims, and look similar to Thorius Wheels.

Ok, hope this helps!!
Cheers all
any carbon? nmDougSloan
Feb 21, 2003 7:25 AM
re: What's up with DuraAce?macalu
Feb 20, 2003 4:36 AM
According to www.lancearmstrong.com the pros will be running DuraAce 10 speed this season, but it will not be available to the general public (you and me) till later this year.
re: What's up with DuraAce?spuncrazy
Feb 20, 2003 6:11 AM
The shift levers will be reach adjustable like the R-600 levers.
11theeatkins
Feb 20, 2003 8:15 AM
How's this for some speculation ~ I read somewhere recently that there is a possibilty of an 11 speed!
11TJeanloz
Feb 20, 2003 9:34 AM
I heard a credible rumour that the 10 speed set-up that Postal will run this year is an adaptation of the 11 speed group to be debuted at Interbike. Word has it that there's a funky chain design to accomodate closer together cogs.
re: funky chain designStraightblock
Feb 20, 2003 10:09 AM
A while back someone posted a picture supposedly of Shimano's patent on a chain with bizarre arched links for 11-14 cog drivetrains. Anyone have the pic?
It's findable on uspto.govTJeanloz
Feb 20, 2003 11:52 AM
A variant of that chain design is rumored to be going on the new D-A, instead of arched links, it supposedly has some kind of alternating hi-low link system.
Found itStraightblock
Feb 20, 2003 1:16 PM
Here's the discussion:

gregdogg62 "2004 Dura Ace Group predictions?" 6/20/02 6:36pm

And the picture.
This just in:Applejuice
Feb 20, 2003 5:03 PM
From: http://www.riders.bc.ca/news.php

HOT! Let the speculation begin! We're finally allowed to let you know the first official word from Shimano on their next generation road group.
Dura Ace®, will be completely renewed. The new 10-speed system has been developed under the concept of Speed, Smooth and Strength and this will be reflected in the product with its super-light weight, high durability and high efficiency. There will be no need to modify frame dimensions to accommodate New Dura Ace®.

Interesting stuff that only answers one question, the number of speeds... we'll keep you informed as best we can!